Under the Ocean is a campaign ultimately seeking to BAN Plastic Straws.
“Why straws?” you ask, well, if you think straws might seem like a small, insignificant piece of plastic to be concerned about when we could be focusing on larger items like plastic bags or bottles, think again. Over 10 000 000 plastic straws are used in Australia every single day.
- 10 million bits of plastic waste produced every day that can’t be recycled. As Polypropylene – the type of plastic used in straws – is not processed by most recycling facilities.
- 10 million more pieces of plastic entering our oceans or contributing to landfill.
but it doesn’t have to be this way.
As a society, we actually have no need for plastic straws. There are alternate, biodegradable and eco-friendly options already in existence, but it seems they’re overlooked because they’re slightly more expensive.
FACT: Some biodegradable straws can decompose within 35 days, while plastic straws can take 200 years, and even then never fully break down.
Still not convinced?
FACT: Plastic marine pollution is responsible for the death of over 100,000 sea mammals and one million seabirds every year through starvation, ingestion or entanglement from ocean plastics.
Did that convince you?
How about the fact that: there’s an estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic spread throughout the world’s ocean already, increasing by 8 tones every year – the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic every minute worldwide.
In fact, it is estimated that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish, but, like I said before, it doesn’t have to be this way.
So, I hear you asking, what difference will banning plastic straws make?
While straws and stirrers are only one of the top 10 items found in the ocean, banning them would set a precedent for further legislative action against disposable plastic.
Make the change, say no to straws #StrawNoMore #Sipitdontsuckit